Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester
Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester was a research partnership that sought to advance understanding about the current and future potential of community-led housing to contribute to a more equitable, inclusive and democratic housing landscape in Greater Manchester. It ran from 2017-2019.
Who we were
Housing Futures brought together academics, housing sector professionals, and members of the Greater Manchester cooperative and housing movement to co-produce knowledge and action about a range of community-led models, from cooperatives and co-housing to community land trusts. We worked through a research steering group which was supported by a wider reference group of informed advisors. Greater Manchester Housing Action was a key partner and took forward the findings of the research when the partnership concluded at the end of 2018.
We aimed to integrate practical experiences in Greater Manchester, across the UK, and internationally, with existing academic knowledge in order to understand the many benefits, as well as the challenges, involved in realising community-led models for housing. We produced a set of proposals tailored specifically to the Greater Manchester context about the kinds of approaches that may be most appropriate for meeting the needs of particular groups – with a focus on low-income neighbourhoods; and for achieving ‘affordability plus’ outcomes: such as improving health and well-being, or enhancing local democracy. Through learning exchanges, networking events, and public debates, we built a Greater Manchester Community-led Housing Network made up of individuals and organisations interested in taking action in response to our findings.
- Housing Futures - Full report
- Housing Futures - Stakeholder Recommendations
- Full events programme
- Housing Futures partnership details
SLIDES GM Housing Co-operatives - Past, Present and Future
VIDEO Co-Housing: potential and challenges
VIDEO Community Land Trusts: the What, Why and How
VIDEO Alternative Models of Ownership: risks and opportunities for the community-led housing movement
VIDEO Lessons from the Global South for community-led housing
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